Business unites to seek environmentally friendly future
Across the UK, many small firms are doing their bit in meeting the challenges of creating a low carbon and sustainable economy, the FSB said.
FSB has teamed-up with a cross-section of business, environmental, academic and professional organisations to publish a shared view of how the government's planned environment bill can "put sustainability at the heart of the UK's economic model".
The Broadway Initiative unites a range of stakeholders and nationally-recognised experts to create ideas and plans to manage the environment post-Brexit. The aim is to advise government on how to enable all parts of society to play their part in achieving long-term objectives for the environment, while meeting society’s needs for food, infrastructure, energy, and products and services, the FSB explained.
The outline of demands from the initiative illustrate the key elements needed for a clear and coherent Environment Act, aimed to give society strategic predictability on the long-term pathway for the environment, providing the basis for private and public sector investment in environmental improvement.
"Across the UK, we are seeing many small firms doing their bit in meeting the challenges of creating a low carbon and sustainable economy," FSB’s national chairman Mike Cherry said.
One of the obstacles to increased engagement, he believes, is the need for support.
"These businesses need policy certainty so they can make the right investments at the right time. The simple truth is that the UK will not be able to meet its environmental and climate ambitions without the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses on board," said Mr Cherry.
"The forthcoming environment bill must include a cross-government strategy that sets out a clear and defined roadmap on how small businesses are going to be supported to transition to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable economy."